About two weeks after the inauguration of Joe Biden as the new president, Donald Trump signed a new executive order that prohibits transactions through 8 Chinese payment applications, giving the Department of Commerce 45 days to put it on. practice.
The new list includes Alipay, CamScanner, QQ Wallet, SHAREit, Tencent QQ, VMate, WeChat Pay and WPS Office. The signed order on January 5, he argues that in order to protect national security, the country must take “aggressive measures” against developers of Chinese applications.
“The ubiquity and spread of certain mobile or desktop applications in the United States, as well as other types of software developed or controlled by people in China, continue to threaten national security, foreign policy and the country’s economy,” says outgoing president.
The document also details that the applications in question are able to “access and capture vast amounts of information from users, including private or sensitive data that can be used to identify them”. The collection of information would allow China to “monitor the location of employees and employees of federal agencies and organize dossiers with personal data”.
In the document, Donald Trump also makes reference to measures taken by the Indian government, which in 2020 announced a ban on 200 Chinese applications as a way to guarantee the country’s national security.
In a statementWilbur Ross, United States Secretary of Commerce, confirms that the Department will begin to implement executive order directives, including the identification of prohibited transactions.
The tension in trade relations between the United States and China was one of the aspects that marked the four years of Donald Trump’s administration. It is recalled that in August last year, your Administration tried to ban both TikTok and WeChat in the United States.
Between an authentic saga of business marathons, multiple lawsuits and an agreement between Oracle and Walmart to buy TikTok with Donald Trump’s “blessing”, both applications ended up “escaping” the ban.
In the case of TikTok, the Donald Trump government remains convinced that the application is being used by China to access users’ personal data. Its intention to prevent the use of the app in the United States remains, having recently appealed a court decision that prevents the Department of Commerce from imposing restrictions on TikTok, which would lead to its ban.